I like to write about learning and development and related stuff, some of this is based on the specific content of the podcasts (and is written primarily to promote that content), and some is just other things I think about.
I am in the process of transferring content to this site, so more links will appear here soon(ish).
Introduction to Trainer Tools
- Recording “The Tangle” – a short article about the process of getting this podcast off the ground and recording the first episode.
- Is the word “trainer” the wrong word to use? – me banging on about why I think “trainer” is the best description for the job of running a training course or workshop (rather than “facilitator”), mainly so I don’t have to change the name of the podcast
Learning and development general
- 70:20:10 – the good, the bad and the misunderstandings – an article about the 70:20:10 model and how it can be applied to create blended learning journeys
- Learning for the sake of it: you never know when you might need to understand basic physics – an excuse to post a hilarious insurance claim letter from a Spanish bricklayer, with the idea of that learning can be valuable anyway, even in the absence of an identified need
- Flipping classrooms: silly name for a good idea – a discussion on the term “flipped classrooms” and if there’s anything new and interesting in the concept
- How to create a personal development plan that works – a technique I’ve used that helps people write specific and focussed personal development plans.
- The Three Ps: helping to bridge the habit gap – a simple approach to help improve the implementation of learning by overcoming the habit gap.
Management and leadership
- You Plus: authentic leadership means getting good at being you – the tension between being authentic and using learned behavioural techniques is one that crops up quite often during training courses based around behaviours – especially things like personal impact, assertiveness, communication, and above all leadership. This is a common concern, but one that needn’t be an obstacle to learning
- SMART objectives can be really DUMB – a post about how to write objectives and make them measurable in a way that means they’re actually relevant to the individual and the organisation
Trainer Tools content
- How to keep learners engaged on training courses – this posts is a shameless attempt to drive traffic to the podcast of the same name. I interviewed Shirley Gaston – a specialist in experiential learning – about her methods for keeping learners engaged.
- Six steps to successful training course role plays – a post summarising the main points of the role-playing podcast recorded with Larry Reynolds. The name of the podcast was just “Successful Role Plays” because I only later changed the way I was doing titles to add in more key words.
- How you measure training success might be stopping you from succeeding – a post discussing the challenge to trainers and how they may be guilty of colluding with learners in failing to challenge them to avoid getting bad feedback scores. This was the content of The Collusion of Mediocrity podcast with Paul Levy.